New Domains

New Domains

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The Rensselaer Plan Aim: Move into new areas of fundamental significance in the 21st century, becoming a fully realized technological university.
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Biotechnology and the Life Sciences

  • Established the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Established four constellations in biotechnology – at the intersections of important areas in the bio-domain and Rensselaer core strengths in engineering and information technology.
  • Expanded life sciences focus in Biology, Chemistry (now Chemistry and Chemical Biology), and Chemical Engineering (now the Howard P. Isermann ’42 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering).
  • Constructed 218,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research facility for the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies building, opened in September 2004.
  • Attracted $22.5 million in New York State funding for equipping the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Unveiled 800 Mhz NMR in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies in March 2006.
  • Obtained State of New York approval of a new Ph.D. program and degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics.
  • Launched a Howard Hughes Minority Undergraduate Research Program at Rensselaer in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary studies in the summer of 2006.
  • Launched the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Imaging in Medicine (CeMSIM).
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Computational Science and Engineering

  • Established the Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), a $100 million partnership involving Rensselaer, IBM, and New York state.
  • Designed and constructed the CCNI platform and facility, made up of massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers, POWER-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron processor-based clusters, providing more than 100 teraflops of computing power, opening it in September 2007 as one of the most powerful university-based supercomputers in the world.
  • Received $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation to install new IBM Blue Gene/Q system (Fall 2011).
  • Established four constellations in computation and information technology—building upon existing core strengths in microelectronics and microsystems and advanced scientific computation, modeling, and simulation.
  • Established the ARL-funded Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC).
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Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

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Experimental Media and the Arts

  • Conceived Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center as a bold platform at the intersections of art and science, culture and technology.
  • Designed and constructed 220,000-square-foot Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) facility.
  • Hired first director for EMPAC.
  • Initiated a collaborative program of EMPAC events and research with faculty and students.
  • Awarded VPP Status by OSHA for the EMPAC construction project’s outstanding site safety program.
  • Achieved LEED certification for EMPAC.
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CBIS

The Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute interweaves life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering into the fields of biotechnology and medicine, opening exciting new pathways to innovation and discovery.

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CCI

Center for Computational Innovations (CCI) - Solving problems for next generation basic and applied science and engineering research through the use of massively parallel computation and data analytics.

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EMPAC

The 220,000-square-foot Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) facility

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